All around the world, companies and governments are making it easier for new parents to spend time with their children. Extended parental leave, flexi-hours, and remote work are all major factors in this societal shift.
Thing is, that doesn’t apply to every company. And so, parents who still want to work, but also want quality time with their children are forced to look elsewhere for employment.
Fortunately, there are a host of sites and services catering to people looking for part time and remote work.
In recognition of the fact that we’re celebrating women this August on Engage Me, we’re highlighting some of the ones aimed at working mothers.
British Mums is more than just a jobs-listing site. Originally a Facebook group designed to help out British mothers and the mothers of British children living in the UAE, it’s grown into an incredibly valuable community resource.
For the purposes of this article, however, it’s the jobs we’re interested in. On that front, British Mums allows companies to post openings detailing the job status, type, remuneration, a detailed description of the job, and the required skills and competencies.
According to its website, Mums@Work has a pretty simple mission: “to connect talented mums to flexible work”.
The platform, founded by David Mackenzie, has the backing of Mackenzie Jones, one of the largest independent recruitment firms in the GCC. That, it says, means it has access to hundreds of clients.
As well as a jobs board, Mums@Work has sections offering advice and tips, listing events, and a
Mum’s Zone which allows the community to share deals they love, top picks for things to do in and around Dubai, competitions, and a directory of the best family-focused businesses in Dubai.
Expat Woman is a bit of a “one-site-does-it-all” platform. It has a guide to all things Dubai, a classifieds section, and wellness section, among others. Most importantly for the purposes of this article, however, it has a jobs portal.
While many of the jobs are permanent (the site is aimed at women in general rather than just mothers), a good number of them are part-time, making it a valuable resource when it comes to hunting for jobs.
Recruit My Mom
With 40 000+ members, Recruit My Mom is probably South Africa’s biggest jobs board aimed specifically at mothers looking for part-time, remote, or flexible work.
The site is pretty strict about only working with moms (although it does make allowance for dads as well). This, it says, is because it’s clients are primarily interested in career part-timers rather than someone who will leave for full-time work when the opportunity crops up.
Recruit My Mom also takes care of all the admin for the part-time and temporary workers on the platform, meaning that they don’t have to chase down client payments in the few minutes they have between finishing work and the school run.
Okay, so Lekker Jobs isn’t actually aimed at mothers looking for part-time and flexible work. In fact, it isn’t even aimed specifically at women.
Still, the site is a useful resource when it comes to connecting people on the hunt of part-time work with employers.
If you’re a mom, there’s nothing to stop you using the site to hunt for job opportunities that suit your time constraints.